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Winter maintenance by the numbers

Did you know the City of Ottawa has more than 510 highly trained winter operators and over 595 pieces of snow clearing equipment to address any conditions Mother Nature throws at us?  Throughout the day and night, City staff constantly monitor road conditions and takes the necessary steps to keep residents safe as they make their way around the City.

OC Transpo launches 35th Annual Food Drive!

Did you know this annual food drive began the same year the Ottawa Food Bank opened its doors? With a long-standing, special relationship for over a third of a century, we’ve been able to work together and continue to make the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive the single biggest drive in Ottawa each year.

Over the past 35 years, the food drive has raised over three million pounds of food and thousands of dollars in cash donations. Last year alone, a total of 121,038 food and non-perishable items and $38,400 in cash and food vouchers were delivered to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Do you know why this food drive continues to be such a success? It’s because of the generosity of people like you who continue to donate and volunteer your time to help make a difference. Let’s work together to make this year another huge success.

Want to get involved? Here’s how you can help!

Make a food donation

You will now find donation boxes at several City of Ottawa facilities ready to be filled with canned and non-perishable items, including: rice, soup, tuna, pasta, diapers, baby food, baby formula, peanut butter, tomato sauce, and stews.

Donation boxes are located at the following locations:

  1. 1500 St-Laurent Boulevard
  2. 875 Belfast Road
  3. 899 Belfast Road
  4. 925 Belfast Road
  5. All OC Transpo garages
  6. 370 Catherine Street
  7. 101 Centrepointe Drive – Ben Franklin Place
  8. 100 Constellation Crescent
  9. 110 Laurier Avenue – City Hall
  10. 2339 Ogilvie Road
  11. 2799 Swansea Crescent
  12. 2020 Walkley Road
  13. 1490 Youville Drive, Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Centre-Orleans
  14. 1115 Dunning Road, RJ Kennedy Arena
  15. 951 Clyde Avenue

There are also many fun ways to donate and get involved as a team – you can create some friendly competition amongst your colleagues, or you could even do a bake-off in exchange for donations.

Make a monetary donation

Did you know that for every dollar you donate, the Ottawa Food Bank – because of its wholesale purchasing power – can deliver about $5 worth of food? The Ottawa Food Bank’s Online Donation option for the OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drivemakes it easy to make monetary donations.

Sharing is caring! Sharing the link to the Online Donation page is easy – you can post it on your social media accounts for friends and family to see, or you can send it to them via email.

Volunteer your time!

Once again, we need over 600 volunteers to help collect thousands of food and cash donations from Ottawa residents at participating Loblaws, Your Independent Grocer and Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills grocery stores. Staff and their family and friends can volunteer for a 3.5-hour shift between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday, November 30. This volunteer opportunity qualifies as community service hours for high school students. If you are interested, please visit the Ottawa Food Bank’s new online volunteer registration site.

Accessibility Infrastructure updates

Innes Ward is home to many senior residents who are choosing to remain in the community. Providing accessible infrastructure is a priority to ensure that seniors and residents with mobility restrictions continue to enjoy everything our community has to offer.

In our Ward, there are multiple projects underway, or just completed that will add to the accessibility of our beautiful neighbourhood.

A few examples include:

  • Benches located along multi-use pathways, sidewalks, nature trails, and connecting to the new Chapel Hill South Park and Ride
  • Tactile Walking Surface Indicators installed as part of road repaving projects across the Ward
  • Blackburn Arena expansion commencing in 2020 will ensure this important community hub meets accessibility needs
  • Signage advising motorists of areas where many older adults reside
  • Altered pedestrian crossing signals at Pagé Road and Innes Road to allow more time for seniors to cross the street safely

By 2031, seniors will make up 22 per cent of Ottawa’s population. It is important we continue to improve our city infrastructure to provide a safe, mobility-friendly community for Innes Ward residents of all ages.

Update on LRT Stage 2

Stage 2 preparatory work continues along the East Extension corridor, at Ottawa Road 174.

Kiewit-Eurovia-Vinci has completed significant geotechnical investigations via borehole drilling. They continue to remove some trees and vegetation (only what is required for construction) on both the north and south sides of Highway 174. They have begun the slight relocation of highway ramps and lanes at the Montreal Road interchange, most of which will occur during overnight hours as not to impact vehicular traffic during peak hours.

These activities are all required to begin station and guideway construction next year.

All construction activities are listed at https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/major-projects/stage-2-light-rail-transit-project/ongoing-work.

Transit Commission Update

Today at Transit Commission, an update was provided on how OC Transpo plans to address the service reliability issues with the train and the bus service across the City. This includes the following items:

  • $2 million to provide for increased Para Transpo service;
  • Provide new and improved connections to Line 1 –new growth areas, earlier/later trips, employment locations, new Chapel Hill park and ride parking lot.
  • $43 million to replace 63 buses that have reached the end of their 15-year life, and $6 million toward the electric bus pilot
  • $7.5 million to expand the bus network to improve service reliability, increase capacity, reduce wait time and provide for new connections to growth areas
  • $5.8 million to renew existing transit infrastructure, including buildings and Transitway
  • $2.85 million to improve Transitway and O-Train stations and other facilities with amenities like benches for the benefit of customers and operations
  • $1.8 million to replace operational support vehicles for security, supervision, maintenance, stores and other services
  • $4.8 million for the Rail Operational Readiness Program to support expanded multimodal transit service as part of Stage 2, through communications and training initiatives
  • $900,000 to install new bus pads, shelters and other bus stop improvements
  • $15 million to implement the first portion of bus service detours, specifically for Line 2 and the east extension of Line 1, that will be in place for construction of Stage 2
  • $500,000 to fund accessibility improvements to Transitway and O-Train stations and other facilities

Additionally, the Transit Commission was advised that OC Transpo will be working to increase communications with riders through various mediums including open data feeds, social media, websites, online, and at stations.

I see this as a good first step towards remediating the many issues that residents and transit riders have flagged with both my office and to OC Transpo directly. I look forward to OC Transpo’s responses to my specific concerns outlined in the inquiry I filed at Council earlier this month. In the meantime, I will continue to ensure concerns and problems are heard by OC Transpo senior staff, as well as work to make certain that OC Transpo remains flexible and responsive in addressing these issues.

Draft 2020 Ottawa City Budget

On November 6, the draft 2020 Ottawa City Budget was tabled. This is an exciting budget, as this year, Ottawa reached a population of over 1 million residents, opened an LRT system – albeit with growing pains – and we now have the opportunity to truly become a world-class capital.

It is important, however, that we are prepared for future growth, so as not to run the risk of service decline. As we look at the proposed budget, we see that the City has worked to strike a balance between spending on existing services and investing for the future.

With increased competition globally for economic investment, as well as dealing with the impacts of climate change, it is important that the City prepares for sustainable long-term growth, while tackling the changing service needs and expectations of residents.

The City’s Draft 2020 City-wide Budget Includes:

Transportation

  • $817 million to fund Stage 2 of Ottawa’s light-rail transit system, extending service east by 12 kilometres and five stations from Blair Station to Trim Station, west by 15 kilometres and 11 stations from Tunney’s Pasture Station to Baseline and Moodie stations, and south on O-Train Line 2 Trillium Line by 12 kilometres and eight stations from Greenboro Station to Limebank Station, along with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
  • $3.8 million to implement the Strategic Road Safety Action Plan
  • $788,000 to implement temporary traffic-calming measures
  • $380,000 for intersection improvements at one location in each Ward through the Pedestrian Safety Improvement Program – locations to be determined
  • $200,000 to conduct network screening to identify locations with high incidence of left-turn collisions and prioritize improvements to increase safety

Roads

  • Increasing to $51 million the road resurfacing budget
  • $930,000 to purchase additional vehicles and equipment for Roads Services
  • $190,000 to replace small equipment used for road maintenance operations

Winter Snow Services

  • $295,000 to research and pilot new technologies to support winter snow and ice removal operations
  • $78.3 million for the 2020 estimated base budget for Winter Operations, which is an increate of 7.7% over last year. $2.9 of this is allocated to sidewalk maintenance.

Housing

  • $15 million to create more affordable and supportive housing, building on last year’s investment, the single largest affordable housing investment in the City’s history
  • $31 million to maintain support for local agencies to fund housing and homelessness supports and services to residents

Environment

  • $2 million for enhancements at the Lemieux Island and Britannia water purification plants
  • $500,000 for a leachate liner to cover the Stage 5 development of the Trail Road Landfill
  • $250,000 for a leachate recirculation system for the Trail Road Landfill
  • $500,000 for engineering and construction of improved municipal drains
  • $3 million for the Energy Management and Investment Strategy to reduce the City’s environmental footprint, ensure compliance under Green Energy Act and continue to serve a leadership role in respect to energy conservation and demand management
  • $1.49 million to plant approximately 125,000 trees, part of a larger strategy to plant 500,000 trees during this term of Council, to regenerate Ottawa’s forest cover across rural, suburban and urban communities

Emergency Services

  • 30 new police officers
  • 14 full-time equivalent paramedic staff and associated vehicles to address new and future growth, as well as Level Zero scenarios

Arts and Culture

  • $40,000 to renew the Shenkman Arts Centre by replacing equipment, upgrading theatre systems, adopting new customer service technologies and maintaining community theatre facilities
  • $126,000 to repair and maintain cultural buildings and equipment, including improvements to meet health and safety standards and accessibility requirements, to replace program equipment and to upgrade systems
  • $200,000 for the Museum Sustainability Plan to maintain equipment and upgrade buildings to meet health and safety standards and accessibility requirements
  • $50,000 for the professional care of more than 300,000 objects of historical and cultural significance in the City’s art, artefact and archaeological collections

Infrastructure

  • $49.3 million on infrastructure, including:
  • $11 million to repair and improve sewers
  • $1.5 million to rehabilitate trenchless sewers
  • $360,000 for comprehensive asset management
  • $2 million to renew guiderails
  • $11.6 million to improve and rehabilitate water distribution systems and watermain infrastructure
  • $1.5 million to rehabilitate stormwater management infrastructure
  • $4 million for the Wet Weather Infrastructure Master Plan, which improves the City’s capacity to manage stormwater and reduce flooding risk
  • $850,000 for the study, design, and delivery of capital projects that will improve the public realm

 Transit

  • $43 million to replace 63 buses that have reached the end of their 15-year life, and $6 million toward the electric bus pilot
  • $7.5 million to expand the bus network to improve service reliability, increase capacity, reduce wait time and provide for new connections to growth areas
  • 2020 Equipass and Community Pass rates will be frozen at 2019 rates
  • $5.8 million to renew existing transit infrastructure, including buildings and Transitway
  • $2.85 million to improve Transitway and O-Train stations and other facilities with amenities like benches for the benefit of customers and operations
  • $1.8 million to replace operational support vehicles for security, supervision, maintenance, stores and other services
  • $4.8 million for the Rail Operational Readiness Program to support expanded multimodal transit service as part of Stage 2, through communications and training initiatives
  • $900,000 to install new bus pads, shelters and other bus stop improvements
  • $15 million to implement the first portion of bus service detours, specifically for Line 2 and the east extension of Line 1, that will be in place for construction of Stage 2
  • $500,000 to fund accessibility improvements to Transitway and O-Train stations and other facilities

Parks and Facilities

  • $2.58 million for parking facility repairs, including at City Hall and in the ByWard Market
    $575,000 for accessibility improvements at the City Hall parking facility
    $860,000 to invest in on-street parking system changes
  • $310,000 to repair, upgrade and maintain Public Works Yards facilities
  • $560,000 for winter material storage facilities
  • $300,000 for repairs costing less than $10,000 per project, that will improve public access and service at Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services buildings
  • $200,000 to redevelop and refurbish outdoor sports courts, including through resurfacing, improving drainage and adding or upgrading lighting
  • $250,000 for pathway lighting in City parks
  • $400,000 for equipment at outdoor rinks
  • $774,000 to upgrade infrastructure, adding functionality and meeting community needs at the 1275 properties and 867 facilities overseen by Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services
  • $100,000 to upgrade outdoor security for the City’s outdoor pools through improved fencing, perimeter protection and monitoring equipment
  • $446,000 to undertake planning studies that will inform development of the recreation master plan and the recreation standards and strategy reports

I look forward to going through the budget documents line-by-line to gain a better understanding of what is proposed for our ward.

I want to thank everyone who shared their suggestions and priorities for the budget with me. Whether it was during the budget consultation held last month, or directly with my office, the feedback received was instrumental in identifying the community’s priorities. I would encourage you to read over the draft budget information above or the more in-depth version at ottawa.ca and provide any comments or feedback to me at Laura.Dudas@ottawa.ca.

Over the next month, the City’s committees and boards will be reviewing their draft budgets, with final approval taking place at Council on December 11.

As always, you can also attend any committee or board meetings to share your thoughts about the budget. The list of committee dates can be found on Ottawa.ca.

Brian Coburn / Cumberland Transitway / Blair Road Environmental Assessment Study Open House #2

Date: Tuesday November 19, 2019
Location: Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa, 3349 Navan Road
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
OC Transpo routes: 34, 225, 228
Free parking is available

You are invited to attend the second Open House for the Brian Coburn and the Cumberland Transitway Environmental Assessment (EA) Study. The scope of the study has been expanded to include Blair Road Widening for transit priority from Innes Road to the Blair LRT Station.

The study is being undertaken in accordance with Schedule C of the Municipal Class EA, which is an approved process under the Ontario EA Act. The EA process will involve developing, assessing, and evaluating alternatives, leading to a Recommended Plan.

This Second Open House will present:

  • The short-listed ultimate roadway and bus rapid transit corridor options (Blair at Innes to Navan at Brian Coburn) and initial evaluation assessment
  • Initial phase for transit priority
  • Background and an introduction of the Blair Road widening for transit priority options from Innes Road to Blair LRT Station
  • Next steps

Information about the study is available on the City’s website at www.ottawa.ca/briancoburn and www.ottawa.ca/boulbriancoburn. Your participation is important and any comments received will be collected under the EA Act and with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please email the project manager below before the event. For further information or to provide comments, please contact:

Angela Taylor, P.Eng.
Senior Project Engineer
Transportation Planning – Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
Email: Angela.Taylor@ottawa.ca
Phone: 613-580-2424 x 15210

Update: Lépine Development – D02-02-19-0060

I wanted to provide you with an update on the rezoning and site plan application, D02-02-19-0060, commonly referred to as the Lépine development.

Through hundreds of emails and during my town hall in August, the community made absolutely clear that it is not supportive of this application. The City’s planner has since relayed these concerns to the developer. Following receipt of the comments, the applicant, Groupe Lépine has gone over the City and filed an appeal with Local Planning Appeals Tribunal, a provincial level tribunal that hears cases related to land-use matters across Ontario. Lépine’s claim to the tribunal is that the City failed to make a “timely” decision on the zoning amendment.

As this file is now with LPAT and the provincial government, the submission is no longer being processed by the City or its planners. For more information about LPAT and this file, please see https://www.omb.gov.on.ca/ecs/CaseDetail.aspx?n=PL190493.

I sincerely want to thank you for your involvement and passion on this application. I have made no secret of my lack of support for the development as it is currently presented, and I remain hopeful that LPAT will share my concerns about the current designs. I will continue to provide updates to the community as I receive them.